Appraisal schmaisal - are you taking them seriously?

26 August 2016

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It’s that time of the year again - you need to conduct your appraisals with your employees! I can hear the despondent dread from you just mentioning the word ‘appraisal’. As time consuming and inconvenient they may seem, they're actually more important than you think.

What’s the point, I hear you ask? Many people have a very negative view and misunderstood approach when it comes to conducting appraisals and so we thought why not write a blog to get our readers to really stop and think about this.

Why are appraisals in your business or organisation so important? Principally, they are to improve the efficiency and performance of your business, but they are also a fantastic way of taking a bit of time out to get to know your employees and seeing how they tick.

Sometimes having these discussions can bring up work issues that otherwise might not have come up and need to be addressed and corrected to smooth out any bumps and to keep your employees happy, committed and motivated.

When thinking about your appraisals, think – reward, performance and potential. Start by discussing how they have performed so far and the rewards for all of their hard work. This can be very motivating, satisfying and incentivising and will make the individual want to contribute even more in their role.

As you talk about their performance, you can recognise any training or development areas that are required. It's also great to set goals or areas of focus, along with a rough time period to help with their career progression within the business.

By conducting a well-constructed and prepared appraisal that is consistent across the business, you can identify true potential within your organisation and promote it. Remember – reward, performance, potential. That's the key!

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